HOWLETT CLARKE SOLICITORS LLP – IN ADMINISTRATION

The Partnership has ceased to trade, and Christopher David Stevens and Colin Ian Vickers were appointed Joint Administrators on 22 February 2019.  Upon appointment, the joint administrators secured the sale of Howlett Clarke’s live cases and assets to Josiah Hincks, Right Legal Group Limited and Englehart’s. This has ensured continuity for the firm’s clients.

Clients will have a range of concerns following the closure of the Partnership and this statement has been prepared in anticipation of these concerns.  In the event your concern is not covered by any of the below scenarios please contact the administrators who will assist you with your query.

FRP Advisory LLP

Phoenix House

Suite 2

32 West Street

Brighton

BN1 2RT

T. 01273 916 666

E. phil.harris@frpadvisory.com

E. jack.norton@frpadvisory.com

 

Wills historically held at Howlett Clarke

Any Wills that historically were held by Howlett Clarke Solicitors LLP (“HC”) are currently held by Right Legal Group Limited (“RLG”).  Please contact Thomas Lloyd at RLG who will be able to assist you further;

E: thomas.lloyd@rightlegalgroup.com

A: 16 Stanier Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6BF

T: 01332 424 511

 

Ongoing Will and LPA matters

Clients that have ongoing open matters with HC of the nature of Wills or LPA work; the file will be passed to RLG who will be in contact in due course to discuss and obtain consent to progress your matter. Please contact Jade Severn at RLG who will be able to assist you further;

E:  jade.severn@rightlegalgroup.com

A:  16 Stanier Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6BF

T:  01332 424 511

 

Ongoing Probate, Court of Protection and Trust matters

Clients that have ongoing open matters with HC and have consented to the transfer of their file to RLG, the file and related client funds have been passed to RLG who will be in contact in due course to discuss progressing your matter.  

Please note that where HC are executors to an estate, consent to the file transferring to RLG was provided by the executor. Please contact Ashleigh Edwards at RLG who will be able to assist you further;

E:  ashleigh.edwards@rightlegalgroup.com

A:  16 Stanier Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6BF

T:  01332 424 511

 

Property Deeds

Property deeds remain in secure storage.  If you wish to have the deeds removed from storage there will be a standard charge for doing so as per Howlett Clarke Solicitors LLP’s terms and conditions as outlined below;

“We will not destroy documents you ask us to deposit in safe custody. If we take papers or documents out of storage in relation to continuing or new instructions for us to act for you, we will not normally charge for such retrieval.

However, we reserve the right to make an administrative charge based on the time spent (by reference to the current hourly rate of a solicitor (1-4 years post qualification) producing stored paper, in any reading, correspondence or other work necessary to comply with the instructions given by or on behalf of a client or former client for whom papers, wills, deeds, powers of attorney or other documents are stored.”

The storage provider will levy certain charges to the Administration for their time and costs in locating the file and posting it directly to you/the Administrators.  Accordingly, the Administrator is required to pass these charges on to whoever has requested the file from store.

The costs for requesting documents from storage ranges from between £70.50 to £75.50 plus VAT and will need to be settled prior to requesting the files from store.

If you wish to request any files from store, please email or write to the Administrators detailing the address you wish the documents to be sent to.

In the meantime, please note that the Land Registry retains electronic copies of the deeds for most properties in England and Wales and these would be used by any solicitor dealing with the property. The deeds are largely a paper copy of that in most cases.

 

Ongoing Litigation, Conveyancing and Family Matters

Clients that have ongoing open matters with HC and have consented to the transfer of their file to Josiah Hincks (“JH”) and (in respect of some conveyancing matters) to Englehart’s (“EG”), the file and related client funds have been passed to JH and EG as appropriate. Please contact Stuart Wright at JH who will be able to assist you further;

E: SWright@josiahhincks.co.uk

A: The Manse, 22 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GB

T: 0116 255 1811

Please contact Warren Robertson at EG who will be able to assist you further;

E:  warren@engleharts.co.uk

A:  Vallance Hall Hove Street, Hove BN3 2DE

T:  01273 204411

For clients that have not consented to their open files transferring to JH or EG your options are as follows:

  1. Sign the consent form previously posted to you allowing for the file to transfer to JH and provide it to the Administrators or JH
  2. Instruct another solicitor of your choice and arrange for the file to be transferred to them
  3. Contact the Administrators to arrange collection of the file.

It should be noted that as regards to options 2 and 3, any outstanding costs/invoices due to HC will need to be paid prior to the file being released.

For the avoidance of doubt only client files and documentation listed above has been transferred to RLG, JH or EG for enquiries of any other nature please contact the Administrators.